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Factsheet 0: DSPP: Expected benefits


The DSPP is based on the QCTO occupational qualification for electricians/plumbers. It will thus not only provide company-/sector-specific training, but also provide participating apprentices with the latest industry skill sets required to become fully-fledged, competent and confident artisans.
Translated from the QCTO occupational qualification, a training syllabus has been designed (the National Occupational Curriculum Content for Artisans of the 21st century, NOCC-A21). Training providers and partly industry (IOPSA) have been involved in the NOCC-A21 development, defining practice-orientated learnings directly linked to real-life work tasks.
Applicants for an apprenticeship are identified by the TVET colleges and go through a special pre-selection process. The pre-screened pool of candidates is then presented to host employers for selection of their apprentices.
A lead employer handles all payroll and apprentice administration. This concept will allow industry to experience and share in the multiple benefits of training youngsters according to their needs and requirements, without the usual administrative and financial implications.
Learning at TVET colleges combines practical training with the underpinning theoretical knowledge of the trade, placing greater emphasis on practical work assignments rather than front-loading theoretical concepts. This is referred to as a project-/situation-based learning approach.
Apprentices will continuously rotate between public TVET colleges and companies throughout the three-year training period to ensure close links between TVET college- and workplace-based learning.
Company mentors and TVET college lecturers will continuously communicate with each other, which is expected to contribute to the development of mutual respect and understanding. In the long run, this will support a shift from the current situation, where government tends to guide and control industry, towards a cooperation that is based on mutual trust.
The majority of the overall training time (60% - 70%) will be spent in companies to link learning with the world of work and offer structured learning at the workplace. This is expected to increase the levels of apprentice productivity, which forms an incentive for companies to invest in training.
Upon completion of the three-year training, successful apprentices will undergo an A-21 trade test to demonstrate their occupational competence and qualification in the trade.

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